The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home (£19.99, Lost My Name)
The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home is a book like no other. The creators have harnessed high-tech technology to produce original digitally generated art to illustrate their story, utilising personalisation in a completely unique way. The book stars your child and a robot named Hubble, and they go on a fantastic journey through the depths of outer space, eventually crash landing at your actual front door. Children will love the energetic story and the quirky illustrations combined with satellite photography of your neighbourhood. A great tool for familiarising your child with the spelling of their name (not to mention where you live), it’s a wonderfully inventive book that really is worth every penny.
What Makes It Rain by Katie Daynes and Christine Pym (£9.99, Usborne)
Children are naturally inquisitive so fuel your child's desire to know and understand the world around them with Usborne's What Makes It Rain? Ideal for toddlers and preschoolers, the content is presented as lift-the-flap questions and answers, which is a brilliant technique to engage enquiring minds and relay complex information in easy-to-grasp bite-sized chunks. The topics covered include rain, the sun, thunder and lightning, rainbows, wind and snow. Filled with charming hand-drawn illustrations, it's an incredibly sweet non-fiction book that will turn your little one into a weather expert like Junior’s much-loved columnist Kirsty McCabe.
Animal Camouflage by Sam Hutchinson and Sarah Dennis (£12.99, b small publishing)
Papercutting has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in recent years, but it’s not a particularly child-friendly style of artwork due to its delicate nature. But with Animal Camoflage, even very young children can admire and appreciate the most complex of papercut images without fear of ripping or ruining the pictures. The stunning, fact-filled book covers the seven continents and the animals that roam those particular regions. A celebration of the natural world, this engaging search and find book invites the reader to spend hours pouring over each intricate image, helping your child to learn the names of a wide range of animals, as well as wonderful facts, for example did you know that no two zebra have the same pattern and orang-utans males grow beards when they reach adult age? See illustrator Sarah Dennis at work on the book here.
The Nonsense Show by Eric Carle (£12.99, Puffin Books)
The great Eric Carle needs no introduction. As the author of the phenomenally popular The Very Hungry Caterpillar, he’s already eternally immortalized as one of the most successful children’s book authors of all time. So what are you to do when you can’t better your previous successes? Have fun of course! His latest work The Nonsense Show is a rollicking, riotous and downright preposterous picture book filled with surreal and absurd collage images and rhyming couplets. Designed to make you laugh, it shows children the fun that can be had with books, words and images and it sends up those nonsense nursery rhymes we all know and love, such as ‘the cow jumped over the moon and the dish ran away with the spoon.’ Don’t read it before bedtime though – it might give you funny dreams!
Blue Penguin by Petr Horáčk (£11.99, Walker Books)
Get in the Christmas spirit early with this stunningly illustrated book by award-winning illustrator Petr Horáčk. The Blue Penguin is brilliant bedtime tale is set somewhere in the Antarctic (otherwise known as the South Pole), and it follows the story of a penguin who is ostracised from his colony due to his unique colour. Petr’s hand drawn images and evocative use of colour and texture really bring to life the cold and remote world these flightless birds inhabit. A charming and engaging book about friendship, understanding and belonging, this heart-warming story is just the thing to help promote positive behaviour in your young child and send him soundly off to sleep.